This is Catholic Schools Week and Charita Goshay of the Canton Repository covered Bishop George V. Murry's special mass given Wednesday at Walsh University in support of area Catholic schools.
Here's some links to other stories and opinion pieces around the country about Catholic Education Week.
Down but not out in Catholic Suburbia: Wall Street Journal
Over the next few days, nearly 2.2 million students and their families will celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Though the Catholic school system remains America's largest alternative to public education, the number of both schools and students is roughly half what they were at their peak in the mid-1960s. According to the National Catholic Education Association, the trend continued last year, with 162 Catholic schools consolidating or closing against only 31 new openings.
Amid the gloom Mr. Busch offers a prescription for revival: End the financial dependence on parish or diocese. Build attractive facilities. And compete for students.
Independent Catholic schools brush off recession: Cincinnati Enquirer
Catholic schools face tough tuition decisions: Cincinnati Enquirer